Sania Mirza had a pleasant 2018. Well, on the court she wasn't active as she devoted her time to her new-born baby boy, and is currently enjoying every moment of motherhood. However, Sania doesn't want to be away from the court for long. She, infact, is eyeing a return. In a recent interview, she clearly stated that 2020 Tokyo Olympics seems like a realistic goal, but she doesn't want to put too much pressure on herself.
Sania told, "Being pregnant and having a baby was probably the most eventful thing that happened to me, but having said that, it has been over two months now, and I am coming back in shape and losing all the weight,. My fitness trainer is coming in February. And the goal, hopefully, is to try to get back at the end of the year and start playing competitive (tennis) again," she added.
Sania and Pakistani cricketer husband Shoaib Malik were blessed with a son last October. They have named the little one Izhaan Mirza-Malik. Her game has always been a priority in her life and she is not losing sight of it by her recent statement.
Sania further added, "As a tennis player, life changes very quickly. We don't know what we are doing from one day to another. But most definitely, it (playing at 2020 Tokyo Olympics) is at the back of my head. Honestly, in 2016, if you asked me if I will be making it to the next Olympics, I would have said 'no' and I think I did say 'no'. But now if I do come back at the end of the year, which is the plan, it looks like a realistic possibility. But I don't want to put too much pressure on myself because I do have an infant in my house.
We will see how it goes. The goal is to try to get fit again. I have lost a lot of weight already and (to) start training (soon) and getting back into shape... is still a long way ahead. That is why I am giving myself (time till the) end of the year," mentioned Sania.
On the drastic changes due to motherhood, Sania felt, "As athletes, our whole life revolves around ourselves, our training, our food, our matches and our sleep. And right now it is not. It is the most selfless thing in the world. Everything revolves around him."
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Aditya Sahay, a former cricket reporter/writer and statistician, has shifted gears to other sports (primarily badminton, tennis, kabaddi, hockey, golf etc). While cricket remains his first love, he enjoys covering and writing on kabaddi, hockey and tennis. He dons Germanys jersey during FIFA and believes Dhoni Dhoni hai, isko (aur) mauka mila toh bahut aage jayega